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Guillermo del Toro’s remake of the Edmund Goulding classic film noir disappoints on almost every level. Score 45%

Guillermo del Toro’s remake of the Edmund Goulding classic film noir disappoints on almost every level.

Of the entire cast (poor Rooney Mara!), only Toni Collette’s Mademoiselle Zeena catches our interest. Like Blondell in the original, she gives her character a modicum of humanity and pathos. This is yet another addition to her wonderous collection of memorable characters starting, of course, with Muriel at that wedding!

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Diary of a Mad Housewife: The cinema of Eleanor and Frank Perry

From 1968 to 1970, Frank Perry directed three great movies each emblematic of it’s time and place. And all three started life as adapted screenplays that captured the spirit of their source material with extraordinary economy and grace. The three films are “The Swimmer” (1968), “Last Summer” (1969) and “Diary of a Mad Housewife” (1970). All three screenplays were written by Perry’s then wife, the enormously gifted Eleanor Perry.

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Under Plaza’s direction in “Cinema Toast”, Loretta Young FINALLY gives an Oscar-worthy performance!

The concept of the series is simple and has been before: use old film footage from movies that have entered the public domain to tell new stories with the voices of modern Hollywood actors being dubbed over the original dialogue. Each episode is unique with a different director who gives his or her own personal flair, or not, to the proceedings.

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